Here’s What Your Body Is Missing Out on by Not Visiting Saunas

Travel and Leisure - 5 hours 43 min ago
<p>For thousands of years, Finns have loved saunas. There are <a href="" target="_blank">an estimated 2 million saunas</a> in Finland for a population of 5.3 million people.</p><p>Turns out the Finns are on to something.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland</a> found that 30 minutes in a dry sauna can lower blood pressure and keep it down for at least 30 minutes after leaving the sauna. A previous study from the same researchers also found that people who regularly visit saunas show lower rates of dementia, hypertension and cardiac death than infrequent visitors.</p><p>The cardiovascular benefits “may be similar” to regular exercise, but the researchers say that they are “not yet sure” whether or not sauna is as healthy as a workout.</p><p>While science debates the issue, we suggest touring some of <a href="" target="_blank">our country’s best spas and saunas, as voted by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe</a> features a steam room infused with eucalyptus to open up the respiratory system.</p><p>Wellness-seekers in Vermont can trek to the <a href="" target="_blank">New Life Hiking Spa</a> in Killington. After taking part in a hiking program, guests can relax in the sauna to double their cardiovascular benefits.</p><p>And last year’s top winner among our readers was the <a href="" target="_blank">Westglow Resort &amp; Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina</a>. After a visit to the sauna, visitors can take part in various classes and workshops with themes such as “creating balance in your life.”</p>
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Why the Travel Industry Needs to See in Color

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:23
<p>I was nervous.</p><p>Here it was, approaching 10 a.m., on a crisp Montreal morning. I was backstage getting pep talked by Destination International’s CEO, Don Welsh, before getting on stage to give the final morning keynote to 1,500 tourism and destination officials.</p><p>“We brought you here for a reason,” Don said to me, before taking his place backstage to approach the audience that his association had brought together for their 2017 Convention.</p><p>I present and give keynotes all the time. It’s a highlight of my career, and one of my favorite things to do. Yet this July morning was different. This was the first time I took the stage to speak directly to the audience I’d been working to get the attention of for years. These were the people I wanted to understand the influence that <a href="" target="_blank">NOMADNESS Travel Tribe</a> has had on diversity in the travel industry, for the last six years. I knew the stats, but more importantly, I’ve lived the experience.</p><p>In those six years, I’ve created a community of 17,000 travelers of color to date, facilitated over 25 group trips, acquired 50 regional brand ambassadors, and thrust myself out as the face of this brand, and movement. But the same travel industry that this community loves, that it has built businesses and relationships within, and kicked down doors for, has in many respects ignored us. This is the living truth for travelers of color.</p><p>So, there I was, fresh off having given my first <a href="" target="_blank">TED Talk</a> weeks prior, with nerves that had me pacing backstage. Not because I wouldn’t deliver. Because I wasn’t sure if the message I was delivering would be received.</p><p>$50 billion.</p><p>This number reflects the annual spending habits of African-American travelers. This figure grows when applied to the scale of an internationally inclined community such as NOMADNESS. Our community alone represents around $40 million dollars spent on travel annually. You wouldn’t know this looking at travel marketing: Travelers of color are rarely seen in ad campaigns, television commercials, and are just starting to make strides in social media marketing campaigns for brands and destinations putting diversity on the agenda.</p><p>We’ve had to rely on creating our own communities online and offline to advocate, represent, and grow our influence in the <a href="" target="_blank">travel</a> space. And grow we have, so, where is our representation in mainstream travel?</p><p>Last year, according to Nielson less than 3% of overall advertising showcased African-Americans. Meanwhile, we are traveling everywhere, with millenials forging ahead as the generational front runners to this movement. The lack of diversity in mainstream travel marketing has gone from disregard to financial liability, as our part of the market share is growing both in influence and in dollars spent.</p><p>Social media, however, has created opportunities for us to level the playing field. Because in this demographic, there is an alternative form of currency that means more than dollars:</p><p>Authenticity.</p><p>Authenticity is why some of the most fruitful dives into diversity marketing in travel happen when brands and destinations partner with communities and influential travelers of color. Because it’s not about re-writing our story, it’s about allowing us to tell it, and show it, as we live it.</p><p>Just this past October, the Travel Channel launched its first ever Black-female hosted travel show, with <a href="" target="_blank">Kellee Edwards of ‘Mysterious Islands</a>’, as a network celebrating three decades of travel-oriented television.</p><p> launched the <a href="" target="_blank">‘We Got You’ webseries</a>, hosted by Philadelphia native and Grammy-award winning frontman of The Roots, Tarik ‘Black Thought’ Trotter this season. Using a local influencer to authentically speak to their experience in their city and show others around is an organic way to reach the Black audience that lives within and frequents Philadelphia.</p><p>Within only the past 18 months have we seen serious interest and partnerships between major brands and our community come to fruition. We’ve worked with the likes of Airbnb, and on a more localized level, the non-profit wilderness school <a href="" target="_blank">NOLS</a>. When NOLS’ Diversity &amp; Inclusion Manager, Sydney Clark approached NOMADNESS this year, it was a game changer for our members who enjoy outdoors, adventure travel experiences but simply were not being marketed to.</p><p>So, we have movement. Progress is progress — but this progress is still quite new.</p><p>The truth is, it’s bigger than just travel. The world is riddled with large platforms, even forward-facing progressive platforms, that muzzle or dilute our messaging as irrelevant, or non-universal. It needs to be understood that embracing stories of color does not in turn alienate your base audience. Diversity is useless as a buzzword, but world changing when adopted and celebrated. Everyone needs to see in color, dream in color, and innovate in color.</p>
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9 Steps to Get You Ready to Move Abroad

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:32
<p>It's finally happening: After weeks, months, even years of dedication, hard work, and patience, you've been offered an opportunity to live abroad and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.</p><p>After you've shared the very exciting news with everyone on your contact list, your Facebook friends, and maybe a stranger or two on the street, the nerves have started to creep in. As thrilling a prospect as it is to pack up all your things and move across the world, the logistics of it — the planning — can be complicated and overwhelming.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>But if you start preparing early, you'll find the entire process manageable. To help you begin, we've rounded up nine steps every future expat should take before they leave, wherever the destination or however long the journey.</p><h2>1. Save as much money as you can.</h2><p>Consider how much money it costs to move across the country. Now think of how much it will take to get you to the other side of the globe! Costs include but are not limited to: the visa application, plane tickets, international shipments, housing, and emergencies.</p><p>The old advice of having <a href="" target="_blank">six-months worth of savings</a> is a good one — and that should be a minimum when moving abroad. We also suggest researching the exchange rate and the cost of living in your new home, and coming up with a monthly budget plan. Be prepared to pay unanticipated costs your first few months.</p><h2>2. Apply for or renew your passport.</h2><p>Before you can apply for a visa, you must have a valid passport. Some countries require you to have a passport that is <a href="" target="_blank">valid for at least six months</a> beyond your final travel date. If you do not have a set return date and your passport expires while you're abroad, you can renew your passport at your local <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Embassy or consulate general</a>.</p><h2>3. Apply for a visa.</h2><p>First check your new country's government website to see what supporting documentation you will need to send in for your application, which will vary depending on the visa. For example, if you are applying for a student visa in the UK, you will need to provide a copy of your offer letter from the university and proof that you have enough money to support yourself during the course of your studies. You may also need to set up an appointment at a U.S. Department of Homeland Security application support center to submit your biometrics (e.g. fingerprints and photograph).</p><h2>4. Plan ahead for health care.</h2><p>When you live abroad, you will inevitability encounter the <a href="" target="_blank">health care system</a>. Before you go, find out if your current health care provider will cover you while you are abroad. Ask your health care professionals for medical records and get all the necessary immunizations. You can find out which ones you will need <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. You will also need to find out if your prescription medications are permitted in the country, and if so, whether they are easily accessible. If not, plan to bring an extra supply with you on your trip.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Embassy</a> provides a list of doctors and hospitals in the country you will be living in. Head to your local embassy's website and learn about the available medical resources in the “U.S. Citizen Services” section. Also check the requirements of the country you're heading to: Some countries require foreign residents to be able to fund their own health care, even if the country has socialized medicine for its own citizens.</p><h2>5. Register with STEP.</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Enroll with the U.S. Embassy's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program</a> (STEP) to get the most up-to-date information about your new country's safety conditions. Your enrollment will also help the U.S. Embassy quickly notify you in cases of emergency, whether it is a natural disaster or family emergency.</p><h2>6. Do your research.</h2><p>Even if you're relatively familiar with where you're going, you'll need to do a lot of research to plan for the big move and ease your transition into your new home. Among the many questions you should ask yourself and consider:</p><h3>Shipping vs. Storage vs. Selling</h3><p>Will you ship your belongings to your new residence, or will you store them in your home country? You'll want to weigh the logistics and costs of each, which can add up to <a href="" target="_blank">thousands of dollars</a>. You may also wish to sell your belongings if you are making a more permanent move. If you are planning to move abroad with two suitcases and a carry on, find out now where you can purchase must-have items like furniture, bedding, and kitchen appliances and utensils.</p><h3>Transportation</h3><p>Will you drive or is your city accessible by public transit? <a href="" target="_blank">If you plan to drive</a>, you will want to consider the pros and cons of shipping your car, buying a new one, and renting a car. You may also need to get an <a href="" target="_blank">International Driving Permit </a>(IDP) before you move (and a new driver's license when you do), depending on which country you live in.</p><p>If you are taking public transportation, learn as much as you can about it — bus versus metro, monthly pass versus annual pass — to save money and prevent confusion when you get there.</p><h3>Culture</h3><p>Get acclimated to the culture before the big move: research the history of your new home and how its government currently operates; read up on its social norms and rules of etiquette; indulge in books and movies that take place in your destination country; and learn a few words and phrases if you are moving to a country where you don't know the language. Researching and understanding the culture (however imperfectly) will help offset culture shock and minimize social faux pas.</p><h2>7. Contact your bank and phone providers.</h2><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Expat's Manual</a> recommends keeping your current bank account to maintain your credit score and make direct payments for any ongoing bills or outstanding loans. Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel dates, and consider getting an international credit card to avoid foreign transaction fees. You should also research banks in your new city and find out what paperwork you'll need to set up a savings or checking account. It can take a long time to set up an account; even if you cannot get one before you leave, doing something as simple as gathering your paperwork will help simplify the process.</p><p>Since international cell phone plans can get costly, we also suggest asking your carrier to <a href="" target="_blank">unlock your smartphone</a> ahead of your trip. Once you are abroad, you can <a href="" target="_blank">purchase a SIM card from a local carrier</a> and replace it with the one in your phone.</p><h2>8. Make copies of important documents.</h2><p>These include your passport, driver's license, birth certificate, and immunization records. You might need them when you least expect it, and it will make your life much less stressful if you can easily access them.</p><h2>9. Throw a goodbye party.</h2><p>Bid <em>adieu</em> to all your friends and relatives for one last hurrah (complete with all your favorite comfort foods), and get excited for the most unforgettable experience of your life. <em>Bon voyage!</em></p>
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Did You Know Those Swirly Ice Formations on Puddles Have a Name?

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:31
<p>Ever seen a beautiful puddle of <a href="" target="_blank">ice</a> that gives you the irresistible urge to stomp on it — just like falling into a pile of leaves? Turns out, that particular ice formation has a name.</p><p>Cat-ice, which is marked by pretty “contour lines” that make swirls or concentric circles in puddles or other small bodies of water, is named because the thin ice could only potentially bear the weight of a light-footed and agile cat.</p><img alt="Frozen Ice Puddle Winter Cat Ice "src=""><p>Author Robert MacFarlane posted a photo on Twitter of a typical cat-ice formation as his “word of the day” on January 2.</p><p>Several users responded with their own examples of gorgeous formations, however no one seemed to test the theory that the ice could support a cat (lucky for cats everywhere). Some examples ranged from the very simple to the very intricate.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>According to MacFarlane and other users who cited some literary references on Twitter, the ice formation is created when the surface of the water freezes and the water underneath begins to slowly recede, leaving a thin patch of delicate ice that looks like ripples.</p><p>Other users shared how the ice is referenced in different parts of the world (or by their own families). For example, one user noted that it is called “witch circles” in Sweden. Which is possibly a much cooler name.</p><p>Author Joyce Carol Oates also tweeted her own, philosophical response to the formation.</p><p>Next time you see this ice formation, be sure to treat it delicately. Or, at least take an Instagram before you satisfyingly stomp it to pieces.</p>
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You Could Rent Sandra Bullock's Beach House for Your Next Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:00
<p>Sandra Bullock wants you to sleep over at her house. Sure, she won’t be there, but she’s still inviting you to snuggle up in her bed and spend a few days relaxing by her pool.</p><p>The 2010 Oscar winner listed her 3,400-square-foot, plantation-style home on Tybee Island in Georgia with <a href="" target="_blank">Tybee Vacation Rentals</a>.</p><p>According to the home’s listing, it comes complete with four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and can comfortably sleep up to 12 people. And really, if you bring that large of a group, the home could be considered a bargain as it’s currently renting for $1,400 a night with a four-night minimum stay.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">These Are the Top 10 Most Expensive Beach Towns in the U.S.</a></p><p>As the description for the rental describes, “Elbaroda Hideaway is a spacious and well-appointed home and a magnificent private oasis located on the secluded North end of the island. This home is situated on one of the largest single beachfront lots on Tybee replete with beautifully landscaped and lush grounds, large swimming pool and private North beach access.”</p><img alt="Bay Street Sandra Bullock Vacation Home Tybee Island Georgia "src=""><p>It additionally notes that the home has the perfect spot for dolphin watching from the large furnished porches. Or, you could spend your time relaxing in one of its hammocks, by the pool, or even meditating in the home’s the bamboo garden.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">15 Pairs of Jeans Celebrities Wear When They Travel</a></p><p>To keep everyone entertained, the house also comes with a spacious kitchen that opens into an equally large dining area. The ground floor also comes with a fully stocked game room with ping pong and air hockey, and an additional sitting area ready for “entertaining with music, games, books, beach toys, extra refrigerator, and much more.” And, if you are someone who likes to work out while on vacation, there is also a full fitness room for guests' use with an elliptical machine, free weights, and a treadmill.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Variety</a></em>, Bullock purchased the property in 2001 for $1.5 million. Though, she may be renting it out because she spends so little time there. And really, that’s no surprise considering she reportedly owns two homes in Los Angeles, a mansion in New Orleans, a townhome in New York City, and at least six different homes in and around Austin, Texas.</p>
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There's a Super Blue Blood-Moon Eclipse Occurring on January 31: How and Where to See It

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:00
<p>There's are few celestial events more beautiful than a total lunar eclipse. (Except, perhaps a <a href="" target="_blank">total solar eclipse</a>.) But a so-called "blood moon" is a close second.</p><p>Visible in the western United States — including Hawaii —and Australia and Asia in the early hours of January 31, a full moon will turn an orangey-red hue as it passes through the Earth's deep shadow.</p><p>That it happens to also be a supermoon and a blue moon makes it a true once-in-a-lifetime event. An all-in-one blue moon, supermoon, and total lunar eclipse has not happened in North America since 1866.</p><h2>What is a supermoon, a blue moon, and a blood moon?</h2><p>These are three completely different things that just happen to be occurring simultaneously. A <a href="" target="_blank">supermoon</a> is when the moon looks slightly bigger than normal, but only by a small margin. It happens because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, so sometimes it is actually closer. When that coincides with a full moon, it's called a supermoon.</p><p>This isn't an extraordinarily infrequent event. There was a <a href="" target="_blank">supermoon</a> on both December 3, 2017 as well as January 1, 2018. But the full moon on January 31 is particularly special, as it also happens to be a blue moon.</p><p>A blue moon isn't a visual spectacle. When there are two full moons within one calendar month, it’s called a blue moon, but it happens rarely. Hence the phrase, "once in a blue moon." The real visual spectacle on January 31 is the blood moon.</p><h2>What is a total lunar eclipse?</h2><p>A blood moon is more accurately known as a total lunar eclipse. Astronomers call it an 'umbral eclipse' because the entirety of the moon enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra. Earth is always projecting a huge shadow into space, but the moon only sometimes passes through it. That can only happen during a full moon, when the Earth is aligned between the sun and moon.</p><p>The spectacle begins with what's called a penumbral eclipse, as the moon crosses into the Earth's lighter shadow and causes it to lose its usual brightness. About an hour later, the moon enters the umbra and begins to turn orange or pink on its edge.</p><p>About 40 minutes later, the whole of the moon is within the umbra — that's called totality. Unlike during a total solar eclipse, lunar totality lasts for about 40 minutes, during which time the moon is closest to the center of the Earth's shadow. The physics is the same as for a sunset: sunlight is being bent through the Earth's atmosphere before it hits the moon. The exact color depends on Earth's atmosphere, which filters different color spectrums. If there has been any volcanic activity, for example, and there's ash in the atmosphere, a 'blood' moon can result.</p><p>Once totality is over, the process reverses, with all color receding as the moon leaves Earth's shadow and returns to full brightness, like nothing unusual has happened.</p><h2>When is the 2018 supermoon and total lunar eclipse?</h2><p>This rare celestial event occurs, rather inconveniently, before sunrise on January 31 for observers in North America. Although the partial eclipse begins about an hour before, the all-important totality starts at 12:51 Universal Time, and lasts for one hour 16 minutes. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and enter your town to see the local times for your precise location.</p><p>For those in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Middle East, the eclipsed moon will be visible after sunset on January 31.</p><h2>What’s the best location to see the 2018 super blue blood moon eclipse?</h2><p>Anywhere on the night side of Earth, though in North America it’s worth heading west. Those in the east will see only a partial lunar eclipse, and no change in color. Although totality can be glimpsed slightly further east, Denver will be one of the first cities in the United States to see the entire event. Totality begins in Denver at 05:51 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, and ends at 07:07 a.m., just minutes before moon-set. The Rockies, however, could block the view of the latter stages, so further west is best. The timings are identical for Salt Lake City, but moon-set happens 07:41 a.m. local time, so the moon will be higher in the sky.</p><p>Those in Los Angeles will enjoy better visibility. Here, totality begins at 04:51 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and ends at 06:07 a.m. before moon-set at 06:54 a.m. A big, copper-colored moon will be visible close to the horizon.</p><p>But it's Honolulu, Hawaii that gets the very best view of the entire event. Totality here starts at 02:51 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, and ends at 04:07 a.m., with the whole eclipse visible high in the sky long before the moon sets and the sun rises.</p><h2>How to photograph the super blue blood-moon eclipse</h2><p>There are two reasons why a total lunar eclipse is the very best time to photograph the moon: not only will it be unusually colored, but the full moon will also be far less bright than usual.</p><p>If you want a close-up of the moon you will need to attach a DSLR to a long telephoto lens or a telescope. However, a wide-angle lens can also get great results. Auto-focus on the moon during the early penumbral phase using the LCD screen, then switch to manual focus to lock the shot.</p><p>Common settings to try on a DSLR or manual camera are ISO 200, f11 aperture, and exposures of 1/60 second to 1/15 second. When totality begins and the moon takes on color, try three or four-second exposures at ISO 800 or ISO 1600. You’ll probably also capture stars around the moon. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> has additional tips and techniques.</p><p>If you don't have a DSLR, try using a smartphone through a small telescope, or through the back of a pair of binoculars.</p><h2>When is the next super blue blood-moon eclipse?</h2><p>Over 150 years in the making, don't get your hopes up for another <a href="" target="_blank">super blue blood-moon eclipse</a> in North America. There’s not long to wait for the next blue moon, however, because two full moons will also occur in March 2018. The next blue blood-moon eclipse will happen on December 21, 2028, though will be only partly visible in this region.</p><p>But the real spectacle on January 31 is the total lunar eclipse, which is a surprisingly common event. Visible over a much wider area that a <a href="" target="_blank">total solar eclipse</a>, the next total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018 for moon-watchers in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. There’s another one on January 21, 2019 for those in North and South America, the Pacific, Europe, and Africa.</p>
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Plane Skids Off Runway, Then Dangles Over Cliff

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:10
<p>A plane carrying 168 people skidded off a runway in northern <a href="" target="_blank">Turkey</a> Saturday night, stopping on a muddy slope just above the <a href="" target="_blank">Black Sea</a>. </p><p>None of the passengers or crew members on the Pegasus Airlines flight were hurt as a result of the unexpected detour off the runway at the Trabzon Airport in the city of Trabzon. </p><p>Photos of the incident show the commercial <a href="" target="_blank">plane</a> sitting halfway down a cliff off the runway and above the Black Sea. A government agency is investigating the incident to learn how and why the plane left the runway, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>.</p><p>Passenger Fatma Gordu told a local news agency that the plane "swerved all of a sudden." </p><p>"The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air," she said, according to the AP. "Everyone panicked."</p><p>In a statement, Pegasus Airlines said the Boeing 737-800 aircraft "had a Runway Excursion Incident." The flight had taken off from Ankara, Turkey's capital. </p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Videos</a> of the incident shared on social media showed passengers being evacuated from the plane. Another <a href="" target="_blank">photo</a> showed one of the plane's engines floating below in the Black Sea.</p><p>"It's a miracle we escaped," Yuksel Gordu, a passenger on the plane, told a local news agency, according to the AP. "We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea. Thank God for this. I feel like I'm going crazy when I think about it."</p>
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Tory Burch Just Made the Ultimate Statement Bag for Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 11:00
<p>For this season’s resort collection, <a href="" target="_blank">Tory Burch</a> was inspired by two of her favorite ‘60s muses: the unforgettable Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the lesser-known, but no less influential, Princess Elizabeth of Toro, who was Uganda’s first female lawyer, a diplomat, and a model. The two women had such distinct, worldly senses of style, and Burch aimed to fuse them in her resort collection.</p><img alt="Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Elizabeth of Toro "src=""><p>Taking the tailored, mod elements of Jackie O’s signature looks and incorporating them with the dynamic African embellishments of the Princess’ style, Burch created <a href="" target="_blank">a collection</a> that is nostalgic, modern, and highly covetable.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These Silk Robes Are Traveling Supermodels' Best-kept Secret</a></p><p>Our favorite piece is this cool take on a Tory classic. Both chic and functional, the "Sawyer" embellished <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">double-pocket shoulder bag</a> with its smooth and beaded leather, adjustable strap (to wear over shoulder or cross-body), and two appropriately sized compartments is the perfect travel bag for the on-the-move girl of today.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">J.Lo and Gigi Hadid Love This Travel-friendly Tracksuit</a></p><p>Whether you’re headed to the airport or heading out to explore a new city, this chic bag is ideal for limiting yourself to taking with you only what you need. It’s just enough space for a small wallet, an iPhone 8 Plus, <a href="" target="_blank">headphones</a>, and a lipstick, with respective compartments for each.</p><p>Plus, Burch even thought to add a secret card case that’s stitched on the back side of the bag for easy access. Not only will this bag make your busy day hands-free, but you’ll be embodying the style, and hopefully thus, the attitude of two female greats. Win, win.</p><h2>Sawyer Embellished Double-pocket Shoulder Bag</h2><img alt="tory burch bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $798</p>
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Sun Finally Rises in Russian Town in the Arctic Circle After 40 Days Of Darkness

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:14
<p>With time changes, earlier sunsets and colder weather forcing us all inside, most people’s winters are cold and dark. But there are some people in the world who truly experience the darkest winters on earth.</p><p>Northern Russians who live near the Arctic Circle had been living in winter darkness for 40 days straight until Friday, when the cold, winter sun finally rose.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>The Moscow Times</em></a>, residents shared their joy at their first glimpse of daytime — about 30 minutes worth — after weeks of going without. (People living in other parts of the world clearly do not know the meaning of Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder like those who live in the Arctic.)</p><p>The extreme “nighttime” is called polar night, which is when darkness descends for more than 24 hours. It only occurs in places in the northernmost or southernmost parts of the earth. The opposite of this phenomenon is polar day, or the midnight sun, when the sun doesn’t set for more than 24 hours.</p><p>According to the Moscow Times, residents of Murmansk, Russia gather at the city’s highest point, known as “Solnechnaya Gorka” (Sunny Hill) to see the year’s first sun rise after the long polar night.</p><p>Until next winter, residents will be able to enjoy some sunnier days.</p>
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Swedish Zoo Admits to Killing 9 Healthy Lion Cubs (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:07
<p>A Swedish zoo has admitted to killing nine healthy lion cubs since 2012.</p><p>The animals at the zoo, Boras Djurpark, were rejected by their pride and <a href="" target="_blank">the zoo</a> was unable to re-house them, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em> reported.</a></p><p>“At that time we had tried to sell or relocate them to other zoos for a long time but unfortunately there were no zoos that could receive them, and when the aggressions became too big in the group we had to remove some animals,” Bo Kjellson, chief executive of the zoo, told Swedish broadcaster <a href="" target="_blank">SVT</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Lions</a> are listed as a “vulnerable” population on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's <a href="" target="_blank">"red list" of endangered animals</a>.</p><p>Kjellson says that the euthanasia was necessary to his organization's aim of conservation, as they wanted the healthiest population to be reproducing. The animals killed, however, were healthy, and Kjellson says they were killed as a matter of balancing the breeding program.</p><p>“It's no secret in any way and we do not try to hide that were working this way. So it's unfortunately a natural path for groups of lions,” he said. “To kill animals as part of the organization, I think that upsets quite a few.”</p><p>Zoos across the world use euthanasia as a tool to manage their animal populations, and the practice is permitted in Europe. Approximately 3,000-5,000 animals in European zoos are euthanized for this purpose each year, the executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariaums <a href="" target="_blank">told the BBC in 2014</a>.</p>
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Queen Elizabeth Shares Coronation Secrets and What It's Like to Wear a 2-Pound Crown

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 16:46
<p>For the first time since her coronation in June 1953, <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth II</a> is sharing rare details of the event in a new documentary airing on BBC One.</p><p>In the hour-long program “The Coronation,” <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth</a> gives viewers her personal account of the memorable event that took place 65 years ago, sharing just what it was like to be in her shoes.</p><p>In the interview, Queen Elizabeth delves into some of the difficulties that can come with having to wear a crown that weighed more than two pounds.</p><p>“You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up; because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off,” she says of the coronation.</p><p>And how the crown fit wasn’t quite an issue.</p><p>“Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head,” the Queen says in part of the interview about the crown’s fit. “But once you put it on, it stays; I mean it just remains on.” </p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Queen</a> also discusses what it was really like to ride in the famed golden carriage that transported her that day, revealing the journey was “horrible” as the carriage is “only sprung on leather.”</p><img alt="queen elizabeth coronation carriage "src=""><p>As she looks back on the memorable event that took place in June of 1953, the monarch also recounts humorous tidbits like when her coronation dress got caught on the carpet, and reflects on what it was like to witness one coronation and then receive the crown herself.</p><p>"It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things, really," the Queen recounts of the day. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable," she adds.</p><p>The documentary also includes behind-the-scenes footage of the coronation, showcasing the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, and his younger Sister, Anne, on the day of their mother’s crowning. </p><p>“It’s sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really as a sovereign,” the Queen says in the interview.</p><p>The documentary, which airs on BBC One Sunday at 8 p.m., is part of a Royal Collection Season created between the BBC and the Royal Collection Trust that showcases details of the family's life and the collection itself.</p>
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Save 30% on a 14-day Trekking Tour in Mongolia

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 16:32
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Mongolia: 30 percent off a 14-day Golden Eagle Festival and trekking tour from Crooked Compass, a boutique tour operator that offers small group tours and customized itineraries that focus on local experiences.</p><p>Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival includes:</p><p>*13 nights in local hotels and camps</p><p>*Select meals as noted on the itinerary</p><p>*Guided tours by an expert expedition leader, including: The petroglyphs at Baga Oigur, an UNESCO World Heritage site and Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, known for its towering, jagged mountains</p><p>*Two days at the Golden Eagle Festival, a traditional festival where Kazakh eagle hunters catch foxes and hares</p><p>*A camel ride in the Khongor Sand Dune An excursion to the “Flaming Cliffs” and Khavtsgait Petroglyphs, which date back to the Bronze Age</p><p>*Visits to the Ongi temple ruins and Kharakhorum Buddhist complex</p><p>*A trek in the Khustai Nuruu National Park, a steppe environment famous for its wild horses</p><p>*Private transportation and entrance fees</p><p>*Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar/Ulgii/Ulaanbaatar</p><p>*A Scrubba wash bag</p><p>*Bottled water</p><p>*Return airport transfers</p><p>Original Price: $4,232 (5397 AUD or $325 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> $2,962 (3778 AUD or $228 per night); book by April 30 for the October 3 - 16 departure</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a>, <a href="">via email</a>, or over the phone at +61280891370.</p>
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President Trump Cancels Visit to London

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 16:05
<p>President Trump says he canceled his planned February visit to the U.K. in protest of a “bad deal” made during the Obama era.</p><p>At almost midnight on Thursday evening, the President tweeted that he was canceling his upcoming trip to London because he was “not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.”</p><p>However, the sale of the previous embassy and acquisition of the new one were <a href="" target="_blank">actually announced in 2008</a>, under President George W. Bush.</p><p>The U.S. embassy in London will move from the Mayfair district to a larger building in Vauxhall, South London. <a href="" target="_blank">According to the BBC</a>, the Mayfair embassy was “too small to put in the modern security it needed.” The new embassy will open on January 16. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will likely preside over the ribbon-cutting.</p><p>Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump last year after his inauguration. After her visit, she invited the president to London for a formal state visit.</p><p>A spokesperson for May <a href="" target="_blank">told Reuters</a> that the invitation was accepted although no formal date was set.</p><p>“The U.S. is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure,” the spokesperson said, adding that the opening of the embassy was an American affair.</p><p>However, since then, Trump <a href="" target="_blank">irked many in the U.K.</a> after retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a leader of Britain’s far right. May said that it was “wrong” of the U.S. president to do so, but added that "the importance of the relationship between our countries — the unparalleled sharing of intelligence between our countries — is vital. It has undoubtedly saved British lives. That is the bigger picture here and I urge people to remember that.”</p><img alt="London Protests Donald Trump UK "src=""><p>Last year, a petition to ban Trump from the UK gathered 1.8 million signatures from citizens. The issue even <a href="" target="_blank">went before the British parliament</a>, who debated revoking May’s invitation in February.</p><p>After Trump’s cancelation tweet, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that Trump is “not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message.”</p>
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Inside the Fight to Keep Liverpool's Punk Scene Alive

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:00
<p>“The punk scene is probably the only scene in Liverpool,” said Ollie Fontaine, drummer for a pop-punk group called <a href="" target="_blank">Sheepy</a>.</p><p>Huddled with his bandmates over beers as the rumblings from another set started up in the black box theater behind us, he lauded the new bands coming out of Liverpool, some of whom were also on the bill that night, while noting how attendees had traveled from the outskirts of the city or from nearby towns to perform or just to listen.</p><p>With rainbow-dyed dreadlocks and studded leather everything, musicians around us snacked on pizza after their sets and old friends reunited at the bar — almost everyone seemed to know each other — while others bummed cigarettes outside.</p><p>On the occasion of the “<a href="" target="_blank">Dead Good Gathering</a>,” a festival in its third year, queer punks, new wave punks, grunge kids, and old-school rockers (some of whom looked old enough to have been present when the Ramones played Liverpool in 1977), all came together for a weekend of music put on in venues across Liverpool in mid-November. There's no shortage of musicians or historians who claim that punk died by 1980, or that it only existed for a few weeks in New York City, or that it never existed at all — but the same spirit and fierce sense of community of the original Liverpool punks lives on in a determined group of Liverpudlians creating a revitalized, underground scene.</p><p>The first night of the <a href="" target="_blank">festival</a> was housed in Maguire’s, a pizza parlor with a small theater in the back. The restaurant/venue is only a few years old, but it’s already become something of a hub for the city’s musicians, as many smaller venues have shuttered. The smell of pizzas baking only adds to the atmosphere of the bare-bones performance space.</p><p>Many of the musicians and artists at Maguire’s and venues like it don’t see themselves as inheritors of their city’s musical tradition, one which produced world famous acts like Echo &amp; the Bunnymen and welcomed the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones to its clubs. Certainly, contemporary punk now differentiates itself from its heyday in the late '70s and early '80s — it's no longer a genre that produces the kind of star power it once did. But the ethos of a generation bursting with political and personal rage endures, particularly in the wake of a 2008 recession that continues to put European young people in a tenuous situation.</p><p>Punk has long served as a vehicle for younger generations to express rage: rage at a system, rage at a sense of alienation, rage at a lack of future prospects. And that element hasn’t changed. The political nature of the punk scene in Liverpool perseveres, according to one of the festival’s co-organizers.</p><p>Harley Stewart, 20, first became interested in what he calls “the DIY scene” during the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. (Like many other musicians involved in this culture, he uses "DIY" not in the home improvement sense but instead to connote the way they employ grassroots organizing to carve out a a literal and figurative space for themselves.)</p><p>“Politics is a lot more intertwined in the punk scene than it ever was,” he said. “It’s all united by a left-wing common viewpoint.”</p><p>Organizers like Stewart make a point to book queer and feminist bands, he says, especially ones whose lyrics address political issues running the gamut from immigration to class stratification. (For all of the differences between punk scenes, across eras and across geographic locations, they have often been united in their lack of inclusion of women, and <a href="" target="_blank">even their outright misogyny</a>.)</p><p>“There’s Liverpool’s long-standing class struggle against many governments...and kind of always being neglected by the rest of the country,” he said.</p><img alt="Punk band performing in Liverpool "src=""><p>The sense of feeling left behind resonates among many young Scouses, as Liverpool residents call themselves. The British government and local leadership have made a concerted effort to develop the city in the past decade with the goal of making it a cultural center for the North, including building new museums and opening the doors to world-class hotels.</p><p>While the <a href="" target="_blank">campaign to change the face of Liverpool</a> has attracted a growing number of visitors, the benefits of increased tourism haven’t always trickled down to the average citizen. Liverpool continues to see unemployment rates that are twice the national average, and one in four households has no work at all, <a href="" target="_blank">according to 2016 figures from the <em>Financial Times</em></a>.</p><p>The scene isn’t all social activists, though, and as has often been the case in rock communities, some concertgoers show up just to get drunk or break something. The core group of people who make this music and listen to it, however, are politically motivated in some way, even if that political motivation has less to do with advocating for specific policy changes and more to do with challenging entrenched social systems and discovering personal identity.</p><p>Concertgoers sported patches sewn to their jackets or pant legs splashed with slogans like “This Queer Bashes Back,” “Question All Authority,” “Reagan Youth,” and “Global Parasite.”</p><img alt="Fans outside a Ramones gig at Eric's in Liverpool "src=""><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">strong sense of social alienation</a>, owing in part to the rise of technology, has come to define the Millennial generation and its younger counterpart, Generation Z, making punk a kind of loud outcry in response. Online communities can bring together the pockets of Liverpool and its suburbs that have found a home in this music, and having a physical place to come together is vital.</p><p>For that Friday night at least, the punks and the DIY-ers had a place of belonging in Maguire’s, and the obstacles concerning the future — including gentrification and the closure of some of their best-loved clubs — didn’t weigh down the atmosphere, which felt overwhelmingly celebratory.</p><p>Locals who grew up in the scene of the first punk bands in the 1970s spoke of a similar atmosphere where the music and the performances themselves served as a vehicle to reckon with their historical moment.</p><p>“What [punk] really did was perhaps just captured that experience of hopelessness, or of boredom, or the sense that people had of worthlessness,” said Nick Crossley, a Manchester-based sociologist and <a href="" target="_blank">author of an extensive history</a> exploring the birth of British punk. “And it was able to channel and reframe that in a way that gave people a language for speaking about it, or perhaps gave them an alternative, a sense of somewhere they did fit in.”</p><img alt="Punk fans in the audience crowd over the front of the stage and play air guitar as Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone of The Ramones perform at Eric's club, Liverpool, 19 May 1977. "src=""><p>When punk first started in the 1970s, evolving out of a combination of garage and glam rock influences, British listeners in particular remember a feeling of despair that pervaded daily life at the time, especially in northern England where widespread unemployment plagued cities like Liverpool.</p><p>“Punk was very political. It was about throwing out the old guard of overblown rock music, but it was also a really unhappy, poor time for Britain as a whole, for young people,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin McManus</a>, curator at the British Music Experience and a native Liverpudlian who attended almost all of the major punk gigs in the ‘70s.</p><p>Punk served an escape not just from the mundanity of daily life but from a bleak and oppressive future.</p><p>So much of that escape took place in <a href="" target="_blank">Eric’s, the famed club</a> that welcomed the Sex Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Runaways, and Joy Division, to name a few.</p><p>Like so many other teenagers and young adults in Liverpool at the time, McManus grew up in that club, sneaking in to matinee gigs at age 15, or taking his first girlfriend on a first date to see the Cramps swallow mice onstage. With his ears ringing in the days that followed each show, he was hooked.</p><img alt="Eric's nightclub venue in Liverpool; The Ramones band 1970s "src=""><p>Rock historians and modern day fans have eulogized that era to the point of ossification, but at the time it was a small but nebulous living thing — McManus estimates there were about 40 other concertgoers when he first saw The Cure perform. Part of what made the idea of punk so lasting was the sheer number of iconic bands that passed through Eric’s and clubs like it in those few years, becoming a veritable anthology of the biggest punk and post-punk bands of the decade.</p><p>”There was that rare coming together of some real maverick talent,” he told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Liverpool has a history of militancy and of being outspoken politically, and so when you’ve got something like punk coming along, people are immediately drawn to that.”</p><p>Eric’s lasted only a few years before police raided and shut it down in 1980, around the time that the height of punk fervor had begun to dwindle. “Forty years later, I can still smell it. I can still remember the layout of the club,” said McManus. “It smelt like a damp, horrible cellar, which it was, but it was magic.”</p><p>Maguire’s might smell like cheese and pepperoni instead of a cellar, but it’s magic in its own way, too.</p><p>As the night wore on, the bands grew more hardcore. Where some of the first sets had veered into pop-punk with at least one acoustic song, by the third and fourth bands, things were distinctively more metal. Sam Davies, the lead singer of the band “Habits,” strode onstage with the confidence of a seasoned performer, soon drenched in sweat with his shirt off, shoulder-length hair covering most of his face. He leapt into the crowd, a Levi’s waistband creeping out of his pants, surfing the concertgoers in the front. People jostled each other, tossing him around the room before he finished out the set, red-faced with eyes closed as he shouted from the makeshift stage.</p><img alt="Liverpool Punk Show "src=""><p>Contemporary punks lament a similar phenomenon to their ‘70s counterparts in which their best-loved venues are shut down over noise complaints or run out of money for rent within a few years of opening. In Liverpool’s mission to rebrand, some of its ubiquitous warehouses (which were often used as venues) have been replaced by luxury condominiums. It’s a narrative of gentrification that music-lovers in metropolitan areas around the world are familiar with, from Brooklyn to Berlin.</p><p>“We’ve seen a lot of smaller, independent venues tumbling under the pressures of the private sector,” <a href="" target="_blank">Christopher Torpey</a>, editor of the Liverpool music magazine <em>Bido Lito</em>, told T+L.</p><p>Dozens of venues still remain in Liverpool, including the Echo Arena or the Cavern Club, but those venues overwhelmingly cultivate and book big name artists. Meanwhile, a supply of the type of stages that welcome this self-organized music community have continued to dwindle.</p><p>“There’s no historic DIY, grassroots venues that are still around,” Stewart said.</p><p>Still, threats to their community have perhaps strengthened the bond between musicians and fans, and Stewart credited a robust network of promoters and independent record labels with helping bands play in other cities in the U.K. and even into mainland Europe.</p><p>“People just go out of their way to help each other,” he said. “It’s that DIY ethic that unites people.”</p>
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These Unique Wedding Bands Are Perfect for Couples Who Love to Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 12:30
<p>Charles Schulz said it best when he claimed that, “In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” And while we’re often all about the <a href="" target="_blank">destination</a> at <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, there’s certainly something to be said about the company you keep while going through life’s adventures — wherever they make take you.</p><p>To the couple that marks their relationship by planning trips — whether it’s the first <a href="" target="_blank">life-changing trip</a> you take together, <a href="" target="_blank">romantic weekend getaways</a>, or, of course, your <a href="" target="_blank">honeymoon</a> — we’ve found wedding bands that were literally made for you.</p><p>From a small company called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Escorial Jewelry</a> comes these handmade, 14-karat gold <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">wedding bands</a> that not only serve as a perfect declaration of love but also as a symbol of how important travel is to you both.</p><img alt="World Map Wedding Bands "src=""><p>And the best part? The rings are completely customizable. Each one displays a map of the world, carefully carved into the ring, and buyers can choose from a variety of golds (white, red, or yellow), different gemstones (but come on, you can’t go wrong with diamonds) and then adjust the parameters for sizing.</p><p>A 3D model is sent to customers before beginning the production process, just to make sure everything is absolutely perfect.</p><p>With <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">over 50 reviews on Etsy</a>, the rings have proven to be a smash hit with travel lovers. Satisfied customers rave about the high quality of the rings as well as the seller’s close attention to detail.</p><p>Whether the two of you met while traveling or express your love for one another by booking trips to celebrate big milestones, these rings are the perfect way to bond you together through your shared love of world exploration.</p><h2>14-karat Gold Traveler’s Wedding Bands</h2><img alt="World Map Wedding Bands "src=""><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $720 before adding stones</p>
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This Hotel Has a Genealogy Butler Who Can Help You Unlock Your Family History

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 12:01
<p>Sure, there’s always <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and the foggy memory of your Great Uncle Tom, but for the most factual (not to mention, coherent) overview of your family history, you’d best consult a professional.</p><img alt="The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin Ireland "src=""><p>If you’re Irish, there’s no person more qualified to piece it all together than Helen Kelly, the "genealogy butler" at Dublin’s <a href="" target="_blank">Shelbourne Hotel</a>, which recently underwent a luxurious refurbishment. A professional genealogist and a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), Kelly works with hotel guests interested in learning about their family history.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Train Trip Will Give You the Best Views of Ireland</a></p><p>Ahead of their trip, visitors fill out assessment forms detailing basic information about their Irish ancestor, including approximate year of birth, number of children, and occupation. Kelly then assesses this information, along with family records, maps, and other source material, and puts together a concise genealogical report — the details of which she discusses over coffee or tea at The Shelbourne’s Lord Mayor’s Lounge.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How a DNA Swab Could Help Plan Your Next Vacation</a></p><img alt="The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin Ireland Princess Suite "src=""><p>After presenting her findings, Kelly empowers guests to take ownership of their own research.</p><p>“We’re the products of our parents and grandparents, but we’re also the products of our landscape,” says Kelly. “So I encourage visitors to travel to the exact townland their ancestor is from to see how the locals talk, what they look like, and how they live.”</p><p>Before sending guests on their way, Kelly advises her clients to “walk gently” (a polite way of asking visitors to be sensitive to their new environments) and be open to spontaneous exchanges.</p><p>“Take a chance on a chance encounter,” she says. “You never know where it might take you or what information you might uncover in the process.”</p>
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You Can Now Zip Line More Than 1,000 Feet Above the Grand Canyon

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:31
<p>Experience the country’s most famous natural attraction in an all-new, thrilling way.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Visitors to the Grand Canyon</a> can now <a href="" target="_blank">zip line</a> over Grand Canyon West and see the natural wonder from a bird’s eye view. While visitors are zipping across, they will also be able to spot the nearby Quartermaster Canyon.</p><p>The attraction is set up with two sets of quad <a href="" target="_blank">zip lines</a>, allowing up to four people to experience the thrill at the same time. Once tethered, adventurers whiz about 45 miles per hour at more than 1,000 feet above the canyon. There are two separate runs, one about 1,100 feet in length and the other a steeper 2,100-foot descent.</p><p>The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation launched the zip line experience on Jan. 2 at the Hualapai Ranch. The corporation estimates that it will be able to accommodate 350,000 people every year.</p><img alt="Grand Canyon West Zipline "src=""><p>“We’re taking the West Rim to a new level of excitement," Candida Hunter, chairwoman of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Board of Directors, said in a statement. “The zip line at Grand Canyon West gives our guests a unique adrenaline surge that will be one of the longest and most exciting zip lines found anywhere in the world.”</p><p>Travelers can experience the <a href="" target="_blank">zip line at Grand Canyon West</a> from $89 per person.</p><p>Those who need to pump more adrenaline can also run across the nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Skywalk</a>, a U-shaped, glass-bottom bridge that juts out over the rim of the canyon.</p>
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The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:15
<p>There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.</p><p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes referred to as RTW — is typically offered by an alliance of airlines. Using partnerships like the Oneworld Alliance (including <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas) or <a href="" target="_blank">SkyTeam</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a>, AirFrance, <a href="" target="_blank">Korean Air</a>, AeroMexico), travelers can book flexible, long-term travel around the world for much cheaper than individual flights.</p><p>In 2010, Ian Paterson, a travel consultant and blogger behind <a href="" target="_blank">Resfeber Travel</a>, booked a trip, traveling from the U.K. to South America, through Australia and Asia, and then returning back to the U.K. He has since been advising fellow travelers on how to do to the same.</p><img alt="Resfeber Travel Venice Italy "src=""><p>Paterson’s first piece of advice is to link up with a travel agent who has similar priorities, travel styles and ideas.</p><p>“These tickets are extremely hard to do on your own,” Paterson told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “It’s not like booking a normal flight. You can’t go online and book it yourself.”</p><img alt="Resfeber Travel Trekking Pyrenees "src=""><p>When Paterson embarked on his adventure around the globe, the travel agent did more than book his flights. His agent — a former backpacker himself — was able to properly advise a route, determine how long to stay in each destination and offer tips about what to do in each locale.</p><p>“Find someone you can work with,” Paterson said. “Someone who really engages with the trip.”</p><img alt="Resfeber Travel Andorra "src=""><p>While travelers are on the road, agents remain the point of contact between airline and passenger. The best perk of RTW tickets is the flexibility they afford. Paterson’s round-the-world adventure — booked through Qantas — lasted about a year. But because travel dates are almost impossible to predict a year in advance, the travel agent was able to simply change flights whenever Paterson sent an email.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Difference Between Direct and Nonstop Flights</a></p><p>There is one small but important detail travelers should know before booking a RTW flight. They operate like any other <a href="" target="_blank">multi-leg travel</a>. If, for any reason, a traveler misses one leg of the ticket, it could cancel out the rest of the trip. Travelers prone to missing flights should proceed with caution.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A round-the-world ticket can start as low as $2,000</a>. Prices increase based on seasonality, route and specific requests. Travelers can compare all different RTW options with <a href="" target="_blank">Paterson’s guide</a>.</p>
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Why You Might Spot Shaq on Your Next Caribbean Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:06
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Carnival Cruise Line</a> is already known for bringing it in the fun department, especially for families, but it appears the company is looking to ratchet things up a few notches with their latest hire, a CFO.</p><p>No, not a chief financial officer, but rather a “chief fun officer.” Clearly, the company needed to find someone who knows a thing or two about having a good time to fill such an important role and, after an extensive search, the person they hired couldn’t be more perfect for the job.</p><p>“I’ll be responsible for letting the world know that this ship is not just a ship with a whole bunch of rooms. There’s nothing boring about this ship,” Shaquille O'Neal — yes, the basketball legend — told <i>Travel + Leisure </i>about his new appointment as Carnival’s CFO.</p><p>And it seems O’Neal is in love with not only his new gig, but also all the amenities Carnival’s ships have offer. Especially the food.</p><p>“You’ve got an outdoor basketball court, you’ve got a library, you’ve an all you can eat buffet,” Shaq said as he listed off all the benefits of boarding the new <a href="" target="_blank">Carnival ship Horizon</a>. “You’ve got everything on this ship.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Large-ship Ocean Cruise Lines</a></p><p>As part of his CFO ambassador duties, Shaq will not only become the face of the brand in ads, but he will also be boarding at least two cruises this year. He wouldn’t reveal which ones, however, as he wanted to keep it a surprise for passengers. “I’ll give you a hint,” he said. “It’s somewhere in the <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean</a>.”</p><p>And really, who isn’t hoping to run into someone as fun-loving as Shaq when they are cruising through the open water?</p><p>“Much like our guests, Shaq is all about having a good time with a spontaneous up-for-anything mentality that makes him simply fun to be around,” Christine Duffy, Carnival's president, told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>. “When I was first approached about the idea of having Shaq in this role, I couldn’t think of a better person who embodies what the Carnival brand is all about.”</p><p>The Carnival Horizon is set to debut in Europe in the spring. Or, for something a bit closer to home, travelers from the U.S. can always hop aboard Horizon’s sister ship, Carnival Vista, which now comes complete with a Dr. Seuss-themed water park and a new Smokehouse Brewhouse from Guy Fieri. This year, Carnival will also be returning to Cuba aboard the Carnival Paradise.</p><p>“It’s great for families; moms and dads get to spend quality time with each other as the kids go play,” Shaq said. And really, the cruises are fun for anyone who's still a kid at heart.</p><p>“Let me tell you something, I was in the arcade room and I got in trouble a couple of times playing those games,” Shaq admitted. “I like going to places that bring me back to my youthful days.”</p><p>As for what to pack for a trip on a ship, Shaq said all you need are “six or seven” pairs of swimming trunks, linen pants, floral button downs, and a wide-brimmed hat.</p><p>Oh, and he has one more suggestion for Carnival: Let him bring on an assistant CFO. “I’d have to go with Kevin Hart,” Shaq said of who he’d pick for the job. “Could you imagine us on this ship?”</p><p>Yes, we can, and we hope it happens. Though for now it’s clear that Shaq is more than capable of fulfilling his job duties.</p>
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This Simple Trick Will Help You Get More Done Every Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:00
<p>If you really want to achieve your goals in 2018, put down the to do list. It turns out that simply making lists isn’t the most effective workflow to get things done.</p><p>“Millionaires don’t use to do lists,” author Srinivas Rao wrote on <a href="" target="_blank">Medium</a>. The most successful people, he says, work from a calendar. Rao explains that using a calendar to organize your goals is more effective because “our lives are dictated almost entirely by units of time.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson Says Taking Baths Could Make You More Successful</a></p><p>He noted several examples, such as “publishers give authors deadlines,” “professors give students a syllabus with important dates,” and “when you ship something you are told how long it will take to get to the recipient.”</p><p>Looking at a calendar can actually change the way you think about a goal. On <a href="" target="_blank">Unmistakable Creative</a>, Rao's podcast meant to inspire creativity and help listeners find purpose in their lives and careers, he interviewed Timeful creator Dan Ariely. Timeful is a time management-focused tech company.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Travel Better: A T+L Master Class</a></p><p>“The moment you have a way to represent things easily like meetings and you don’t have a good way to represent something like writing a book or meditating or exercising and so on, the things that are represented will be carried out and the things that are not represented will not get carried out,” Ariely said. </p><p>Basically, we’re better at keeping scheduled meetings at work than we are at keeping a schedule of personal activities or goals. </p><p>Rao used this principal to add more reading time into his life, and it helped him read at least 30 minutes a day. So, let’s say you have a New Year’s resolution to write a book, keep in touch with more people, or exercise more. Putting it in your calendar will keep that resolution front and center in your mind and help you to work at it every day.</p><p>“When an event is consistently scheduled on your calendar, it’s much more likely to transform into an unconscious habit,” Rao said.</p><p>And the best part is, you can still use that calendar to list out your tasks. Especially if you use Google Calendar, you can write in simple, low-priority reminders to pay bills, change the sheets, or send follow-up emails on a daily basis. You can also use calendar apps to track your goals and schedule meetings as per usual.</p><p>At the end of the day, a calendar keeps you accountable. That’s a huge step up from simply listing your goals without any sort of deadline.</p>
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